Hiked Waumbek on 7/6/2015. This was peak number 559 for “The Grid over 60”. Bill and Diane Schor joined me for this hike. It was a warm hazy day with a few black flies but still a pretty nice hike. The plan was to summit Waumbek and then continue on the Kilkenny Ridge trail over South, Middle and North Weeks to the York Pond trail and out to the fish hatchery where we had spotted a car. We got started up the trail and soon passed the cistern on the side of the trail which was the water source for some of the old houses.
We continued up the trail and met some other hikers and their dogs who were enjoying a soak in the spring.
We reached the summit of Starr King which is just shy of 4000 feet, the views were hazy.
There are still the remains of a cabin that was at the summit for the firetower.
We then hiked over to the summit of Waumbek where I had my PBJ and Bill and Diane had sardines and crackers.
We continued on over the summits of South, Middle and North Weeks. I had never hiked this portion of the Kilkenny Ridge trail and needed it to get me close to finishing redlining all the trails in the AMC’s White Mountain Guide. They are also on the New Hampshire 100 highest list. The trail doesn’t get a lot of use so was a little overgrown in places and a few blowdowns, but we had no trouble following the trail.
This was the only stream crossing where I got my feet wet. A few boards over the dam would have ben helpful. Only 17 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.